October is generally the wettest month of the year in Taranaki. Not this time.
Rainfall last month ranged from 42% to 93% of normal at our monitored sites, with a regional average of 62%. And the region had rain on only seven to 13 days during the month.
Kotare (Tongaporutu) recorded just 42% of its normal October rainfall with 102mm. Other sites below 50% were Motunui (49%), Okoki (47%), Charlie’s Clearing in the eastern hillcountry (44%) and Waitotara Valley (47%).
Year-to-date rainfall is sitting between 88% and 129% of normal at our monitored sites, with a regional average of 108%. Only five of our sites are still below normal: North Egmont (88%), Hillsborough (93%), Mangati (91%), Egmont Village (95%) and Cape Egmont (99 %). At the other end of the scale, Duffys Farm near Whareroa has 1137.5mm of rain so far this year, or 129% of normal.
Rainfall to date as a percentage of the full calendar year is sitting between 74% and 109%, with an average of 91%. With two months left to run, four sites are already above their mean annual rainfall: Dawson Falls, Duffys Farm, Patea and Charlie’s Clearing. Likely to be added to the list soon are Stratford, Mangaehu (Toko) and Kaupokonui (Manaia), which have already recorded 98% of normal yearly rain.
October 2018 rainfall maps
What you should know:
The site maps show data from a selection of the sites we monitor, but not all of them.
The distribution maps are based on mathematical modelling and may not accurately represent actual rainfall in some unmonitored areas.
Click on each map for larger version.